Published on March 10th, 2016 | by Dean Carr
Alcohol licence granted in Weymouth after police concerns
A recent article in the Dorset Echo reported that an alcohol licence had been granted despite fears it is in ‘one of the worst areas’ of Weymouth. A hearing was held before Members of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee on Monday 29th February following concerns raised by Dorset Police. Mr Murugiah of Park Corner PVT had applied for a premises licence at 6a and 6b King Street, Weymouth which is currently occupied by The Outdoor Store. The proposed original hours applied for where to sell alcohol between 6am and midnight.
Dorset Police initially informed the borough council that it would object to the application unless certain requirements were met. These conditions included only selling alcohol between 8am and 10pm and not advertising the price of any alcoholic product. In addition to these conditions, no single cans or glass bottles of beer, cider, lager or alcopops with an A.B.V of more than 5.5% shall be sold, with the exception of those in cans or bottles in excess of 500ml in volume.
Mr Murugiah agreed to the above conditions and the request by Dorset Police to install a CCTV system in the store.
The licence was granted by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council despite concerns raised by local residents and Councillor Francis Drake, briefholder for community safety in Weymouth. He said: “his constituents had told him they didn’t want more places that could sell alcohol in this part of the town, as it was one of our worst areas in the town.” A local resident also told the licensing committee that: “passengers departing Weymouth Train Station had easy access to alcohol, which led to anti-social behaviour in the area.”
Summing up after the licence hearing, Councillor Pamela Nixon, chairman of the licensing committee, said: “A written decision will be forwarded to all parties in the next few days including all the conditions proposed by the police.” Those against the decision can appeal it at any point in the next 21 days.